Seriously, I don't like the condition of my dog. He lost two teeth in one week. I'm really surprised that older dogs loses their teeth. But what could be wrong with my dog?
When an older dog loses teeth, it's usually down to one of two reasons. They've either experienced trauma to the mouth or they've developed periodontal disease. Sometimes when dogs chew on something too hard, like marrow bones or antlers, this can crack the tooth and cause them to fall out.
Dog's may be missing one or more teeth for multiple reasons. The tooth may never have formed, or while it is present below the gum line, it never came in. A tooth could also have been malformed. Should your dog experience periodontal disease, it can result in a tooth or teeth being extracted; he can also lose a tooth or teeth due to trauma.
Poor oral hygiene can lead to tartar accumulation, which will progress to periodontal disease if left untreated. Periodontal disease is a common cause of teeth loss in adults, as periodontal disease will cause infections, abscess formation and bone loss, which in turn will cause teeth to become loose and fall out.
Metabolic disorders or a poor diet can lead to tooth loss over time. For example, malnutrition, distemper and a number of other traumas suffered when your dog is a puppy can lead to abnormal development of the teeth and tooth enamel. This results in weaker teeth that are more prone to plaque and decay.
Common reason for a dog or cat to lose teeth is because of injuries following a scuffle or playtime. Dogs and cats sometimes chew on things that are too hard, causing damage to their teeth. Other times, a pet could hurt themselves while playing and knock out a tooth similar to how we might damage our teeth.